Bhubaneswar, March 20 (LocalWire): A spate of resignations from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leaders over ticket denial is an indication that all is not well in the ruling party.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has so far ruled the party with an iron hand, seems to be losing his grip.
The aspirant for BJD ticket from Sundergarh, Kusum Tete, was almost in tears as she announced her resignation blaming the party leadership for ignoring her hard work in the assembly constituency for the last five years and handing the ticket to Congress turncoat, Jogesh Singh.
Considering that she is a grassroots worker, her departure is bound to affect the prospects of the party in this prestigious constituency.
Kalahandi royal, Arka Kesari Deo, who has been denied the Lok Sabha ticket from the constituency this time, is also reported to have sent in his resignation.
He has the potential to harm the prospects of party’s official candidate, Pushpendra Singh Deo. Speculation is rife that he may switch his loyalty to the party.
Yet another royal to be kicking over the straps is former Kandhmal MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh, who has been replaced with educationist-turned-politician Achyut Samant. Her body language suggests that she is in a rebellious mood.
The party is currently bristling with such potential rebels and their number is likely to rise with the list of candidates for the last two phases of elections yet to be announced. Party workers from different areas have almost everyday been holding demonstrations against sitting MLAs and MPs in different constituencies.
Signs of rebellion are also there in the Congress but it is the scale on which it is being seen in the BJD which is surprising.
In the heyday of Naveen Patnaik as chief minister and BJD chief, there would be no murmur of protest against his decisions irrespective of its impact on leaders.
He even showed the door to stalwarts like former minister Bijay Mohapatra and Ramkrushna Patnaik without much fuss.
But now leaders are openly making statement against him and the party. Even veiled threats are being issued. The opposition, mainly the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is the main party challenging BJD in elections, is happy at the turn of events.
It seems ready to welcome BJD rebels with open arms. While some have already entered its fold, others are likely to join in the coming days. Congress, too, is hoping to rope in some of the BJD rebels.